Jersey Shore Hospital Chief Executive Officer Carey Plummer told the Sun-Gazette of Williamsport that many subcontractors attracted to the area's Marcellus Shale drilling boom don't cover employees.
He says that's brought a growing number of uninsured people to the hospital seeking care. Jersey Shore is about 50 miles northeast of State College.
Overall, the hospital provided more than $3 million in care to people unable to pay. That's the highest it's ever seen.
Other factors include cuts in Medicaid reimbursements, employee salary increases and higher pension costs.
Plummer says the hospital nevertheless continues to improve patient care and service.
Police searching for car in Pa. hit-run fatal
WILKES-BARR) — Police are searching for a hit-and-run driver who struck and killed a 5-year-old boy in this city..
Kevin Miller of Dallas, Luzerne County, was crossing a street in Wilkes-Barre with his family after leaving a party Friday night when a car struck him and sped off.
Authorities say the crash was captured on surveillance video, and a lot of tips have been called in, but nothing has panned out so far.
Kevin died of multiple traumatic injuries. His death has been ruled a homicide by motor vehicle.